Hush, Little Baby

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Hush, little baby, don't say a word,
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird don't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turn brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat don't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won't bark.
Papa's gonna to buy you and horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
Well you'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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Information About Hush, Little Baby

The author and origins of "Hush, Little Baby" are unknown, but it is thought to be written somewhere in the United States since this is where mockingbirds originated. It is a popular children's lullaby.

All the verses of the song rhyme together, and can be sung from any point of view such as the mothers, fathers, sisters, or brothers by replacing a word in the song.

There have been numerous recordings of the song by various artists, and it has also been changed a bit by different artists and made to fit into their own songs.

The lyrics of the song promise many different rewards to the baby or child if they calm down, stop crying and are quiet. One instance of this is "Hush, little baby, don't say a word, mama's going to buy you a mockingbird".

This was originally a song sung by mothers to the children whilst the father was off hunting.

Other versions contain Mama and even Granny, yet the original was Papa.

Charlie Foxx arranged and then recorded "Mockingbird" with his sister Inez in 1963; a rhythm and blues version using lyrics based on the traditional song.

This song has also been covered by Carly Simon and James Taylor amongst others; also Bo Diddley used the lyrics in one of his songs.

For further information about the song "Hush, Little Baby", check out Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version uses mama instead of papa

Hush little baby
don't say a word,
Mama's gonna buy you
a mocking bird,.

If that mocking bird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you
a diamond ring,.

If that diamond ring gets broke,
Mama's gonna buy you
a billy goat,.

If that billy goat don't pull,
Mama's gonna buy you
a cart 'n bull,.

If that cart 'n bull turn over,
Mama's gonna buy you
a dog named Rover,.

If that dog named Rover
don't bark,
Mama's gonna buy you
a horse 'n cart,.

Hush little baby don't say
a word,
Mama's gonna buy you
a mocking bird,.

If that mocking bird don't sing,
Mama's gonna buy you
a diamond ring,.

If that diamond ring don't shine,
Hush little baby don't you mind,.

Cuz if that diamond ring
don't shine,
Mama's gonna love you
'til the end of time,.

I'm always gonna love you
'til the end of time.

An interesting verse that doesn't make a lot of sense

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a Billy Goat,
And if that Billy goat runs away Papa's
gonna buy you a stack of hay,
If that stack of hay falls down, papa's gonna run you out of this
town.

This version changes a few of the lyrics like buying an apple pie

Hush little baby don't you cry
Papa's going to buy you an apple pie.

If that apple pie turns sour
Papa's going to buy you a pretty flower.

If that flower starts to fade
Papa's going to buy you some lemonade.

If that lemonade's too cold
Papa's going to buy you a ring of gold.

If that ring of gold rolls away
Papa's going to rock his baby all day.

Here's another version that uses a mixture of the other versions

Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Momma's going to buy you a mocking bird.
If that mocking bird won't sing,
Momma's going buy you a dimond ring.
If that dimond ring turns brass,
Momma's going to buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Momma's going to buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat gets bony.
Momma's going to buy you a shetland pony.
If that shetland pony runs away.
Momma's going to buy you another some day.

Additional verses found in the book "Hush Little Baby", by Sylvia Long

Hush little baby, don't say a word,
Mamas going to show you a hummingbird.
If that hummingbird should fly,
Mama's going to show you the evening sky.

When the nighttime shadows fall,
Mama's going to hear the crickets call.
While their song drifts from afar,
Mama's going to search for a shooting star.

When that star has dropped from view,
Mama's going to read a book with you.
When that story has been read,
Mama's going to bring your warm bedspread.

If that quilt begins to wear,
Mama's going to find your teddy bear.
If that teddy bear won't hug,
Mama's going to catch you a lightning bug.

If that lightning bug won't glow,
Mama's going to play on her old banjo.
If that banjo's out of tune,
Mama's going to show you the harvest moon.

As that moon drifts through the sky,
Mama's going to sing you a lullaby.

A sweet extra line to honour Dad

So hush little baby don't you cry, cause Daddy loves you and so do I.

To change the version only slightly and to give equal time for "papa"

Change "mama" to "papa"

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148 Comments

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Skye, United States

15 March 2011 at 2:02am

what kind of dog is that one in the video? and i love that song alout!

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Alice, Australia

15 March 2011 at 12:36am

everyone has made up really nice lyrics for this song, i love them.

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Vanessa, United States

14 March 2011 at 10:33am

I just had a baby and wanted to sing this song but didn't know the works except for the first part. I had no idea there are so many variations and thought it was a standard lullaby. This has inspired me to write my own version for my baby that she will be able to relate to as she gets older! Thanks :)

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Momma Bear, United States

10 February 2011 at 5:52am

Good to see all the different lyrics and other peoples twists to it. I like the idea of using their (the child's) name. As a baby gets to be more familiar with their name. My boy's name is Bear and I like to create a forest setting to this lullaby lol ;) <3 NW Oregon

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Helen, China

31 January 2011 at 6:54pm

i live at peal city and i m 8 years old

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Michelle, United States

31 January 2011 at 5:46am

To Amanda: I love the version you made up for your daughter. I always sing the regular version and wish it was longer. I am going to use your ideas. Thanks. I love everyones comments. It is an awesome song and it puts both me and my little girl to sleep.

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Oloho, Ghana

20 January 2011 at 6:54pm

this is boring because i dident even get to see it!

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Carly Jane Stanton, United Kingdom

9 January 2011 at 8:42pm

I love this rhyme my daddi still sings it to me

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Wfertgert, United Kingdom

7 January 2011 at 11:37am

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Rane, Australia

2 January 2011 at 10:24am

By Cassidy from Lincon on 29 December 2008 this is not even the real version:(it stinks..... Even wikipedia or Google can not tell us what the real version, let alone the original artist or lyricyst is, but I am sure you can. Please enlighten us when you work it out. In the mean time get over yourself and enjoy it like the rest of us are.

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Caicai's Mommy, United States

14 December 2010 at 6:57pm

I absolutely love the fact that this song was so important to every family, that even if they could not remember the words, they still found a way to create a version suitable for their families! I wish I knew the original versions origin. I also would like to know if anyone knows the version that says, "hush little baby don't you cry, mamas gonna sing you a lullaby?" I love all these versions but wish that I could work that sentence into it...right now I just add it at the end, my grandma used to use include sentence!

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Kay, United States

14 December 2010 at 6:56pm

Just sang all versions to my soon to be 2 yr old.....who is now peacefully sleeping in my arms....thanks :)

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Jax, Canada

7 December 2010 at 10:31pm

when i said ''aunt'' i meant ''anne''

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Jax, Canada

7 December 2010 at 10:29pm

aunt murray

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Alice, Australia

7 December 2010 at 12:17am

this song is so peaceful that it puts my child to sleep and sometimes me as well.

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Amanda, United States

20 November 2010 at 3:18am

I made up my own for my daughter...Hush little baby don't say a word momma's gonna buy you a mocking bird and if that mocking bird don't sing momma's gonna buy you a diamond ring and if that diamond ring turns brass momma's gonna buy you a looking glass and if that looking glass gets broke momma's gonna buy you a billy goat and if that billy goat turns over momma's gonna buy you a dog named Rover and if that dog named Rover gets loose momma's gonna buy you a baby goose and if that baby goose can't swim momma's gonna buy you a kitten named Kim and if that kitten named Kim starts to scratch momma's gonna buy you a pumpkin patch and if that pumpkin patch won't grow momma's gonna take you out to play in the snow and if all that snow it melts away momma's gonna take you out another day so hush little baby don't say a word your momma's gonna buy you a mocking bird. What do you think?

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Mara, United States

2 November 2010 at 2:51am

My momma Always ended it like this: "and if that bull'n cart turn over momma's gonna buy you a dog named rover, and if that dog named rover don't bark, momma's gonna buy you a cradle and ark. And if that cradle and ark goes down, well don't you worry, your still the prettiest baby in town." I know there's multiple ways of singin' it but I didn't see this one and thought I'd share^^ Im 16 and I know i'll sing this to my babies when i grow up. This was always my fvorite song.

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Beboobapbop, United States

17 October 2010 at 8:47pm

beep bo bo bop boo bop beep

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Lucy, Beverley

10 September 2010 at 5:45pm

the words at the top are right but some people make their own versions up the one at the top is the original...xx

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Max, Elizibethton

9 September 2010 at 12:59am

I love it so much!. I am going to sing it to my son.

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